Zooming Out

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It is easy to be hoodwinked into thinking the world you see and experience is the most important part of reality. This week you are invited to leave the perspective of earth and zoom out into space to discover what can be seen from thousands of miles away. Joining Bridget Kendall for the journey are space archaeologist Sarah Parcak, artist Mishka Henner, and cosmologist Max Tegmark. (Photo: Planet Earth from space courtesy of Nasa/ Getty images)

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Sat 26 Apr 2014 11:00

Max Tegmark

Max Tegmark
Max Tegmark is Professor of Theoretical Physics at MIT in Boston in the US, and one of the world’s leading cosmologists.  In his new book Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality, Max argues that the reason mathematics describes reality so perfectly, is because it IS reality.

Mishka Henner

Mishka Henner

Award-winning photographic artist Mishka Henner zooms out from the particular to the astronomical in his work.  He has created a scale model of our solar system in book form, and also stitches together freely available satellite images to create his own aerial perspectives; for example on controversial intensive cattle feedlots in the Midwest of the US.  (see our Reality Gallery on the right for examples of Mishka’s work)

Sarah Parcak

Sarah Parcak

Dr Sarah Parcak is Associate Professor of Archaeology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the US, and a National Geographic Fellow.  Her specialism is in remote sensing - satellite archaeology, or as she puts it ‘Space archaeology’.  She tells how this emerging field is not only uncovering ancient Egyptian lost cities, but also the looting of artefacts from archaeological sites, a crime that has increased by 1000% since the Arab Spring in 2011.

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